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Corker/Conboy In Light Of That We Learned Later Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Post rock explorations from the duo who brought you APE and Soul Circuit, aided and...

Olli Siebelt 2003

Ah, consider our old friend, the acoustic guitar. Been with us for ages now. From the earliest days of recorded music to the legions of bearded men who love a good pint of real ale, its one of the few instruments that changed a generation and still seems to find its way into all sorts of unconventional music.

Electronic music is surprisingly no exception. You'll find it on Ultramarine's "Every Man and Woman Is A Star", on Kid 606's "PS I Love You", on albums by DNTEL, Hrvatski, Replica Rumba Rockers and many more.

Rarely though, will you find acoustic guitars featured prominently within the multi-layered samples and loops of today's electronic underground. Sampled and treated, yes - but rarely as an active instrument within a particular album.

The London based duo of Corker/Conboy however, are not afraid of our good old six-stringed friend. Echoing the sound of Chicago a la Tortoise or Sea and Cake, In Light Of That We Learned Later works on a simple idea; muted backbeats with beautiful acoustic guitar melodies layered on top.

From the glorious opener "In The Dust And Haze" with alternating guitar and harmonica, we glide effortlessly into "Things Fall Apart" which slips in with a shuffling beat and kalimba accompianment. Further on, we find "From The Hip", a beautiful collage of percussion rattling over acoustic guitar beds and treated trumpet riffs. "Under A Perfect Sky" takes it to heart as well, altering the sound towards a slightly more jazzy direction, as does "Akka", which slips in a slight nod to drum and bass.

Rather than take themselves as seriously as some of their American counterparts, In Light Of That We Learned Later feels more like a casual jam session between friends rather than a statement of firm musical or philosophical intent. Corker/Conboy are a unique, shining little gem in the dirty ol' world of London's music scene. Highly recommended for those with or without beards.

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